The Relative Value of Stuff (Giveaway)

In my 20s, I edited a print magazine about the online world titled Internet Underground. It launched in 1995, a time when newscasters would cite web addresses by slowly spelling out, "Go to h-t-t-p-colon-back slash-back-slash-w-w-w-dot-company-dot-com-backslash-information-blackslash..." and painfully over-pronounce the "ts" in Internet. The final step in my editorial hiring process was simple: if you could figure out … [Read more...]

Tickets on Sale for the fabulous ‘Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good’ release party

Viking/Penguin and  Elliott Bay Book Co. are thrilled to announce the official launch party for Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, by author Kathleen Flinn (that’s me!). Join us August 14th atop the Swedish Cultural Center overlooking Seattle's beautiful Lake Union. Take in sweeping views of the city and mountains, hang out with Seattle’s culinary and literary crowd, enjoy food, music and entertainment of the 50s, 60, and … [Read more...]

Food Day event at Everett Public Library

In honor of Food Day 2013, I'm making a special appearance at Everett Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Since Food Day is about promoting healthy, affordable food, I'll lead a  comparative tasting of basic kitchen staples, such as salt and canned tomatoes, do a short knife skills demo and discuss what I uncovered about the decline of home cooking while researching for my second book, The Kitchen Counter Cooking … [Read more...]

Fall Food Talks in Anacortes on Oct. 16th

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, I'm participating in the Fall Food Talks series at Potluck Kitchen Studio, a charming kitchen and classroom space in downtown Anacortes, Wash. We'll start off the evening with a comparative tasting of salt and a quick knife skills demo, then I'll talk about some of my past culinary adventures and read a couple selected passages from my new book, a childhood memoir with recipes titled Burnt Toast … [Read more...]

Book tour takes me to Tampa

.... now say that five times fast. The paperback tour for The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, which, by the way,  has been equally exciting and exhausting, is coming to a close BUT not before a visit to Tampa and Inkwood Books. On Thursday, Oct. 25, I'll be at Inkwood celebrating with wine, small bites from the book and cooking demos starting at 7 p.m. As always, I'm happy to sign copies. I have the kind folks at … [Read more...]

Wine, dine and demos in San Diego

The paperback tour for The Kitchen Counter Cooking School takes me to San Diego in a little more than a week  for two interactive events, and I'd love for you to join m On Oct. 16, I'll give the keynote speech (followed by Q & A) at a fundraiser  dinner ($75-$95) for the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF). We'll be housed in San Diego's popular Table 926 restaurant. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., and you can make … [Read more...]

Paperback goes on sale today!

It's official: the paperback of The Kitchen Counter Cooking School went on sale today. I'm pretty psyched about it being made available in paperback as this opens up the message of the book to a wider audience, plus more book clubs are likely to read it. I've had amazing feedback from the clubs that took the plunge and tackled it in hardcover. Rather than sit around and simply discuss plot or which characters they liked … [Read more...]

In Seattle? Come to a knife sharpening party for the paperback launch Sept. 25th or 26th

Normally, I try to avoid inviting dull party guests. But we're having a party and your knives are invited, especially the dull ones. The paperback of The Kitchen Counter Cooking School goes on sale Tuesday, September 25th. To mark this extraordinary occasion, I'll be doing two events in greater Seattle. The first will be at the fabulous culinary book store, The Book Larder, on the day it goes on sale. It's going to be a … [Read more...]